April 10, 2003
* When: Today-Sunday. * Site: Augusta National Golf Club. * Length: 7,290 yards. Par: 36-36 -- 72. * Format: 72 holes of stroke play, sudden-death playoff if necessary. * Field: 93 players, including five amateurs. * Defending champion: Tiger Woods. * Changes: The fairway bunkers on No. 5 were extended 80 yards closer to the green. * The King and Bear: Arnold Palmer, after an emotional farewell last year, is returning to play in his 49th Masters.
August 13, 2009 |
Hazeltine National will play so long for the PGA Championship, even Corey Pavin likes his chances. It's true -- even though Pavin is the wimpiest hitter on the PGA Tour, with an average drive of 259.4 yards, an entire first down shorter than Brian Gay, who ranks 200th among the tour's 201 measured players. Pavin loves that Hazeltine National could play to a major champion-record 7,674 yards, depending on the setup. Why? Because three of the four par-fives are all but unreachable for the tournament that begins today, meaning players will approach the greens with wedges or nine-irons.
May 29, 1999 |
Rookie Rich Beem, proving he's more than a one-day wonder, shot an up-and-down round of four-under-par 67 Friday to extend his lead at the midway point of the Kemper Open at Potomac, Md. Beem made a 55-foot putt and landed an approach within two inches for consecutive birdies, then almost threw it away when he clipped a tree on No. 6 and three-putted the one after for double-bogey.
February 20, 2001 |
Title: "Bud, Sweat and Tees" Author: Alan Shipnuck Retail Price: $24 Writer follows subject around for a year, leaving few details to the imagination. Sound like another John Feinstein book? No, this saucy, entertaining tale about a PGA rookie and his caddie is the first book by 27-year-old Sports Illustrated senior writer Alan Shipnuck.
April 6, 2005 |
Phil is in the (club) house. Finally. It isn't often the sportswriters beat the defending Masters champion to Augusta National, but they did this week. Phil Mickelson, last year's champion, did not get to town until late Monday night. He had a good excuse, though. His arrival was delayed by his victory in the BellSouth Classic, a PGA Tour event outside Atlanta that was extended to Monday by weather delays, then extended four holes by a playoff, which Mickelson won by outlasting Rich Beem.
April 4, 2005 |
Tiger Woods, Vijay Singh and Ernie Els skipped the BellSouth Classic to focus on the Masters. Not Phil Mickelson. Tuning up for his Masters defense, Mickelson shot a seven-under 65 on Sunday to move within one stroke of leader Scott McCarron with one round to play in the rain-delayed BellSouth Classic. McCarron, the 1997 and 2001 winner at the TPC at Sugarloaf, shot his second straight 69 for a six-under 138 total. Mickelson, the No.
August 17, 2002 |
You could almost feel Tom Dolby's pain. What should have been one of the highlights of his life in front of a hometown crowd turned into golfing disaster. Dolby, a 40-year-old club pro from Greystone Golf Club in Sauk Centre, Minn., shot a 22-over-par 94 in Friday's second round, leaving him at 35-over 179 through 36 rounds. Dolby shot an 85 in the opening round. Dolby had a good excuse, his back was killing him, yet he decided to play through the pain.
August 26, 2002 |
If any Arkansas football players are going to prison, they'll have to get there on their own. Razorback Coach Houston Nutt recently devised a plan for an educational--and cautionary--visit to the Grimes Unit of the Arkansas State Prison for a little cultural exchange. "We were going to have Raymond House, Jermaine Brooks, Josh Melton [and] Mark Bokermann talk to about 25 of their guys, and then we were going to have about seven lifers talk to our guys," Nutt said.
April 7, 2007 |
The Masters cut of eight-over-par 152 was the highest since 1982. Notables who will not play the weekend include Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Sergio Garcia. Els' exit ends his streak of consecutive PGA tour event cuts made at 46. Els, who ended up at 10 over after rounds of 78-76, also ended a streak of 27 cuts made in majors. The last cut he missed was the 1999 PGA Championship. Fred Couples made the cut on the number, which allowed him to tie Gary Player's Masters record of 23 straight.
October 12, 2007 |
Bob May's back screams at him from time to time when he leans over to pick up a ball. Those spasms might knock him out for weeks, or even months. It rarely happens anymore, and he's thrilled finally to be healthy and on the comeback trail after years of injury issues. Practically playing in his Las Vegas backyard on a picture-perfect day in the desert, May shot a nine-under-par 63 at TPC Summerlin on Thursday to top the leaderboard in the Frys.com Open.